Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Portman es Mas Macho

 

Whether or not Rob Portman is your cup of tea for Mitt Romney’s running mate (Keith Urbahn makes a good case against in the most recent installment of the “Young Guns” podcast), give the guy this: he’s a dude. I mean, a serious dude.

Check out this anecdote from a new Associated Press story:

In Chile early this year, powerful rapids flipped [Portman’s] kayak over, dislocating his right shoulder.

“I had to get out of the boat because I’m underwater, bouncing down the rapids, and getting hit by a number of rocks all over my body. And I couldn’t use my right arm,” Portman said.

His son Will’s kayak had already disappeared around a bend ahead of him, so no one knew of his plight. The 56-year-old senator got behind a large rock, holding on “for my dear life” with his left hand, wondering how to reach shore with one arm working.

“That was pretty scary,” he said.

Portman said he thought of the 1989 movie “Lethal Weapon 2,” when the Gibson character escapes a straitjacket by intentionally dislocating his shoulder, then gets it back in place by crashing against a file cabinet.

“Honestly, that was what flashed through my mind — Mel Gibson. So I took my shoulder, slammed it against the rock, and the shoulder popped in. I couldn’t feel my arm, but I could use my arm. I was able to swim to shore.”

Portman said he walked out of the canyon on his own, pleased about time spent years ago watching “Lethal Weapon” movies.

Just to review: if Portman gets the nod to be Romney’s running mate, then the last three Republican vice presidential nominees will be a man who shot a hunting partner in the face; a woman who can field dress a moose; and a guy capable of channeling his inner Sergeant Riggs in South American white water.

None of them may ever be president, but I sure hope to God somebody’s contacted them about the third movie in “The Expendables” series.

There are 21 comments.

  1. Mel Foil Inactive

    I don’t know that those things are relevant. The ultimate macho man was POW Navy Captain John McCain, but put him on the presidential campaign trail, and he turned into a Girl Scout…a very homely Girl Scout.

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    • July 31, 2012, at 10:40 AM PST
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  2. Profile Photo Member

    Used to be the word “dude” had exactly the opposite connotation– as in Dude Ranch, etc.

    This is an interesting if a bit chilling story.

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    • July 31, 2012, at 10:40 AM PST
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  3. EJHill Podcaster
    Mel Foil: The ultimate macho man was POW Navy Captain John McCain, but put him on the presidential campaign trail, and he turned into a Girl Scout…a very homely Girl Scout.  

    And his little Brownie, Meghan!

    The-McCains.jpg

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    • July 31, 2012, at 10:58 AM PST
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  4. Lance K. Drumheller Inactive

    Juxtapose this story with Obama’s longevous bicycling photo and the appropriate distinction has been drawn. ;-)

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    • July 31, 2012, at 11:20 AM PST
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  5. Cutlass Inactive

    Unfortunately, the left will brand him a racist for taking his cues from Mel Gibson.

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    • July 31, 2012, at 11:41 AM PST
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  6. The (apathetic) King Prawn Inactive

    So understands that sometimes one must do a very painful thing to survive? I’m sold.

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    • July 31, 2012, at 11:46 AM PST
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  7. Crow's Nest Inactive

    Does Chuck Norris approve?

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    • August 1, 2012, at 1:33 AM PST
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  8. Fred Cole Member

    Just for the record, Gary Johnson summited Mt. Everest six weeks after breaking a leg.

    I’m just sayin’ is all…

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    • August 1, 2012, at 2:14 AM PST
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  9. HVTs Inactive
    Troy Senik, Ed.

    Just to review: if Portman gets the nod to be Romney’s running mate, then the last three Republican vice presidential nominees will be a man who shot a hunting partner in the face; a woman who can field dress a moose; and a guy capable of channeling his inner Sergeant Riggs in South American white water.

    So, the two dudes have proved their incompetence at their chosen sport. That leaves the self-described pit bull with lipstick. Is this a hard choice!?! I say the two hunters in this group go to a deserted island with a box of ammo each and their favorite hunting rifle. Let’s just say he wouldn’t be trash-talking her again anytime soon.

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    • August 1, 2012, at 3:59 AM PST
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  10. James Of England Moderator
    Troy Senik, Ed.

    Whether or not Rob Portman is your cup of tea for Mitt Romney’s running mate (Keith Urbahn makes a good case against in the most recent installment of the “Young Guns” podcast), give the guy this: he’s adude. I mean, a serious dude.

    Keith Urbahn is unbelievably ill informed on this. He makes the claim that Portman was there from 2006-2008, and that he served for 2 years, and then that he served for three years. His claim, based on this, is that Portman was not fiscally responsible.

    In fact, Portman served from May 29, 2006 to June 19, 2007, 12 months and 20 days. The average deficit for the financial years he overlapped with was 1.98%. If the Ryan Plan is put in place by Romney and his numbers are right, and Romney wins a second term, Romney’s successor will have about that size a deficit. Portman presided over the lowest shrinking deficits under a Republican President in my 34 year lifetime.

    Mr. Urbahn, having corrected his figures, is free to make the claim or withdraw it, but it a history of being a Republican is not enough to condemn him.

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    • August 1, 2012, at 5:09 AM PST
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  11. HVTs Inactive
    McCains_lightbox.jpgEJHill
    Mel Foil: The ultimate macho man was POW Navy Captain John McCain, but put him on the presidential campaign trail, and he turned into a Girl Scout…a very homely Girl Scout.  

    And his little Brownie, Meghan! · 6 hours ago

    Really? Did you have to put this image in my head? McCain as a Girl Scout, complete with sidekick? Bleach won’t take it out and you’ve forever ruined me for Girl Scout cookies! They’re going have deficit spending issues like that of the Feds now that I can’t buy their product without a gag reflex. I hope they sue you for … I don’t know, alienation of affection or something. Sheesh!

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    • August 1, 2012, at 5:24 AM PST
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  12. James Of England Moderator
    HVTs
    James Of England: One of the most common problems one faces when selling the deficit as a problem is the claim that Republicans don’t really care about the deficit; they were fine with them when they were Bush’s deficits.

    That’s not a problem for selling the deficit as a problem. It’s a problem for selling Republicans as the solution to the problem. They aren’t, as a group, the solution to anything. 

    It’s both. If you believe that all of the voices calling for something are doing so in bad faith, you’re less likely to believe that that thing is important. Obama says we’re fine, so we’re fine.

    I also agree that there’s nothing intrinsically Republican about deficit concerns. Reagan advocated starving the beast, and Norquist still does; these aren’t marginal figures, nor are they alone.

    The intra party balance of power had shifted by the end of Bush’s first term, though, and has been moving in favor of deficit hawks ever since. It really is mostly the Ryan party today; the [name redacted to avoid controversy] party is in terrible shape.

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    • August 1, 2012, at 5:45 AM PST
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  13. flownover Inactive

    And the democrats ?Joe Bumbling BidenJohn SilkyPony Edwards

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    • August 1, 2012, at 6:15 AM PST
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  14. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member

    I am so pleased to hear that I am not the only person who re-located her shoulder after dislocating it in a sporting accident because of Mel Gibson’s movie!

    In 1992, I was biking to Hyde Park, NY, and there was a large grate across the side of the roadway with its rungs parallel to my bike wheels. With traffic, I was unable to avoid the grate and was tossed off my bike when the front wheel got stuck in the rungs. My left shoulder was in terrible pain, but I got back on my bike and continued less than a mile to the Vanderbilt Estate, my destination. The large stone gates beckoned me, and I dismounted and slammed my body into the walls several times until I could move my arm again. It worked like a charm!

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    • August 1, 2012, at 6:51 AM PST
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  15. James Of England Moderator

    One of the most common problems one faces when selling the deficit as a problem is the claim that Republicans don’t really care about the deficit; they were fine with them when they were Bush’s deficits.

    There’s some truth to this. There are a lot of Republicans who are fine with deficits; “starve the beast” strategies even encourage this. And Bush’s first term had a clear Keynesian edge to it that many in the party accepted. The deficit went from a surplus to 3.5% (oh, for the days!)

    The second term, though, saw cutters like Flake, Coburn, Ryan, and DeMint gaining in power, and some of the spenders losing power. Some concerted efforts were made to cut spending and the deficit fell. Portman persuaded Bush to use his veto power to reduce spending, and was able to propose a 5 year balanced budget.

    If we stipulate that Republicans are fiscal conservatives in opposition only, we lose a central plank in our electability. It’s important to remember that Porkbusters and other proto-TEA party groups rose up before Obama took power, and that the Republicans who supported them have fared better than those in opposition.

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    • August 1, 2012, at 6:55 AM PST
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  16. EJHill Podcaster
    HVTs Really? Did you have to put this image in my head?

    If I’m not mistaken a cookie sale was the McC’s favored method of controlling the debt. A one time sale of 4.1 trillion boxes of cookies and we’re back in the black.

    How much can I put you down for?

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    • August 1, 2012, at 7:57 AM PST
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  17. doulalady Member
    Mama Toad: I am so pleased to hear that I am not the only person who re-located her shoulder after dislocating it in a sporting accident because of Mel Gibson’s movie!

    In 1992, I was biking to Hyde Park, NY, and there was a large grate across the side of the roadway with its rungs parallel to my bike wheels. With traffic, I was unable to avoid the grate and was tossed off my bike when the front wheel got stuck in the rungs. My left shoulder was in terrible pain, but I got back on my bike and continued less than a mile to the Vanderbilt Estate, my destination. The large stone gates beckoned me, and I dismounted and slammed my body into the walls several times until I could move my arm again. It worked like a charm! · 13 hours ago

    My oldest son did the Heimlich Maneuver on himself. He said he could see that people thought he’d gone crazy, but he had to save himself. He was in the Army at the time so I guess he was lucky no one shot him;-)

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    • August 1, 2012, at 8:59 AM PST
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  18. doulalady Member
    Mama Toad: I am so pleased to hear that I am not the only person who re-located her shoulder after dislocating it in a sporting accident because of Mel Gibson’s movie!

    In 1992, I was biking to Hyde Park, NY, and there was a large grate across the side of the roadway with its rungs parallel to my bike wheels. With traffic, I was unable to avoid the grate and was tossed off my bike when the front wheel got stuck in the rungs. My left shoulder was in terrible pain, but I got back on my bike and continued less than a mile to the Vanderbilt Estate, my destination. The large stone gates beckoned me, and I dismounted and slammed my body into the walls several times until I could move my arm again. It worked like a charm! · 13 hours ago

    My oldest son had to do the Heimlich Maneuver on himself. He said he could see that people thought he’d gone crazy, but he had to save himself. He was in the Army at the time so I guess he was lucky no one shot him;-)

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    • August 1, 2012, at 9:00 AM PST
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  19. HVTs Inactive
    James Of England: One of the most common problems one faces when selling the deficit as a problem is the claim that Republicans don’t really care about the deficit; they were fine with them when they were Bush’s deficits.

    That’s not a problem for selling the deficit as a problem. It’s a problem for selling Republicans as the solution to the problem. They aren’t, as a group, the solution to anything. The Republicans are just one wing of the Incumbency Party. That wing does contain many voters who understand the problem, which contrasts with the other wing of the Incumbents (commonly known as Democrats) where few if any understand what causes national financial insolvency, let alone think of it as a problem. So there are distinctions to be made among Incumbents, but it is foolhardy to confuse Republicans with “solutions” to anything. At best, when we swap the majority party in Congress or the White House, we get change at the margins. Mark Steyn famously described it as the difference between going over the cliff in 3rd gear or 4th … it all ends the same way.

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    • August 1, 2012, at 11:40 AM PST
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  20. HVTs Inactive
    EJHill
    HVTs Really? Did you have to put this image in my head?

    If I’m not mistaken a cookie sale was the McC’s favored method of controlling the debt. A one time sale of 4.1 trillion boxes of cookies and we’re back in the black.

    How much can I put you down for?

    ‘McCain’ and ‘controlling debt’ in the same sentence … that’s a side-splitter!

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    • August 1, 2012, at 11:52 AM PST
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  21. Profile Photo Member

    Great post – my husband’s hunting club wanted to invite Sarah Palin to their annual deer hunt in Northern Canada and make her an honorary member. They said it was because of her hunting skills. 

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    • August 1, 2012, at 12:54 PM PST
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